Waiting for a good draw at Davis Cup, says Mahesh Bhupathi

first_imgIndia’s huge loss in the Davis Cup World Group playoff to Serbia last weekend came as a rude shock, but given the country’s paucity of talent and lack of commitment from some top players, it needs to be accepted as reality.If Vijay Amritraj was frank and forthright the country needs more players with talent and drive, Davis Cup non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi says the scenario is not so bleak.”Clay is not the best surface for someone like Ramkumar Ramanathan but he had his chances,” Bhupathi told Mail Today on Friday, talking about last weekend’s tie.Next Wednesday, the International Tennis Federation will be making the draw for 12 teams which can make a comeback in the World Group for 2019. “If India are able to get a home tie, it will be good. I really have not seen who we could be playing but if we draw Britain, Italy or some other team we last played away, the tie will now be at home,” said Bhupathi.Last month, the ITF made big changes to the Davis Cup format which came in for criticism from old timers like Anand Amritraj. The Davis Cup’s popularity has always been there but given its long drawn format, people at helm of affairs and in power have effected a change.”Personally, for me, for ties to become best of three from best of five is big. India has a chance to do well in February if we have luck on our side,” he said.Asked if the new format can attract big top players, Bhupathi was non-committal. “A lot of top players from strong tennis countries have already won the Davis Cup. So, one cannot be sure they will commit to play,” he said.advertisementSomeone like Rohan Bopanna said India could do well if they get a home tie when the draw is made on Wednesday. At 38, he still wants to give his best for India in doubles but players like Yuki Bhambri and Sumit Nagal saying no to Davis Cup is surprising.Yuki missed the Asian Games, then lost in the first round at the US Open and is again battling fitness issues. Perhaps, the All India Tennis Association needs to sit down and talk to him as he can be a key player even now.last_img

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